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Planning and operating an intelligent traffic management system for the Polish city of Lublin  

London, 10th June 2015 – The eastern Polish city of Lublin is using software from the PTV Group to help with its traffic planning. On the one hand, these software tools help to improve infrastructure. On the other hand, they provide traffic managers with reliable data for short-term decision-making. Lublin would like to use this package of measures to provide significant relief for urban transport.

In an ongoing project, the eastern Polish city of Lublin is relying on software from the PTV Group to improve its traffic infrastructure. The City Council has set itself the goal of putting in place an intelligent transport system based on the latest technology. The Council thereby wishes to speed up the flow of traffic and encourage more people to switch to public transport.

Vice President Traffic Sales at PTV, Miller Crockart, sees his company as the ideal partner to turn these plans in Lublin into reality: “Various PTV planning and optimisation products can easily be combined and used together. Our tools can easily address the challenges of this project. Investments in infrastructure planning can be easily combined with decision-making tools for real-time operations.”

The plan, for example, is to improve the linkage between public transport provision and private transport, continue adapting timetables to meet passenger needs, reduce travel times, test new routes and provide a generally sound basis for decision-making on new investments. The consultancy company that is appointed uses PTV software to examine the effects of actual decisions in a virtual model, compare various alternatives and obtain reliable predictions of possible scenarios.

PTV’s complete Traffic Software Suite allows the consultancy company to carry out design and planning: PTV Visum is used for modelling transport networks and transport demand, for planning public transport services and developing transport solutions that include all modes of transport. PTV Vissim enables planners to simulate traffic situations and the driving behaviour of motorists at specific junctions. You therefore get an exact replica of the traffic situation at a particular location and are able to influence the behaviour of road users. PTV Vistro helps traffic planners to carry out detailed traffic analysis.

Moreover, Lublin has opted for PTV software to control its traffic signals in a way that is based on requirements, thereby directing and synchronising the flow of traffic. The use of PTV Balance enables so-called “green waves” that adapt to prevailing traffic demands on a short-term basis. For motorists, this means that they can reach their destination more quickly, spend less time in stop-and-go or stationary traffic and therefore cause fewer exhaust emissions.

The traffic management tool PTV Optima provides short-term forecasts on traffic situations in specific locations, including accurate traffic information for the entire network. Based on the information available it produces reliable forecasts for the next 60 minutes. This information is relayed to motorists on information boards, allowing them to plan their route so that they can reach their destination as quickly as possible.

The Lublin project should be completed by the end of 2015. The authorities in the eastern Polish city expect these measures to make a significant improvement on traffic flow and bring about a significant reduction in emissions.

PTV. The Mind of Movement
The PTV Group provides software and consulting for traffic, transport logistics and geomarketing. Be it transport routes or sales structures, private or public transport – we plan and optimise everything which moves people and goods worldwide.

Our range of products and services includes Software & Services, Components, Data & Content and Consulting & Research. Customers in more than 100 countries rely on our solutions. Our software tools enable private and public sector organisations to perform their everyday tasks in a highly efficient manner. And right at the forefront: our market-leading product lines PTV Map&Guide for transport route planning, PTV Smartour for trip planning, the software components PTV xServer as well as PTV Visum for traffic & transport planning and PTV Vissim for traffic simulation.

Scientific expertise is one of our particular strengths. We run projects in a goal-based and practice-oriented manner. Currently, we have over 600 employees worldwide crafting powerful and innovative solutions. Our head office, which is located in the technology region of Karlsruhe, Germany, has been the centre of development and innovation since the formation of our company in 1979.

The German company PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG is a member of the PTV Group.

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